Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Patterson: I'm ready to go

Defensive tackle Mike Patterson said he's "ready to go" Thursday night and has no hesitation about playing his first game since his seizure Aug. 3.

Patterson: I'm ready to go

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"My body feels good and I really feel fine physically and mentally so I’m ready to go," Mike Patterson said. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
"My body feels good and I really feel fine physically and mentally so I’m ready to go," Mike Patterson said. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

Defensive tackle Mike Patterson said he's "ready to go" Thursday night and has no hesitation about playing his first game since his seizure Aug. 3.

"My body feels good and I really feel fine physically and mentally so I’m ready to go," Patterson said. "I've been talking to doctors, they tell me I can go out there and play. If I couldn’t do it 100 percent I wouldn’t do it at all."

Patterson said it's not hard to put his training camp incident behind him -- he blacked out and doesn't remember the seizure, anyway. Playing football, he said, makes it easy to forget about everything else.

"It’s easy to zone everything out and just go out there and play," Patterson said.

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Patterson will play Thursday, though Andy Reid did not specify for how long.

-- In general starters will play the first three quarters of the game.

-- Vince Young will come in to start the fourth quarter, but Reid did not rule out the possibility that Mike Kafka will get time in the quarter as well. Kafka appears to have a shot at the number two job.

-- Jarrad Page will start at safety in place of Nate Allen. Page said yesterday he has been getting some snaps with the first team. Allen, meanwhile, said his knee is not healed as much as he first thought. Page could solidify his spot on the team with a strong showing. Last year the Eagles had three safeties to start the year, but Page might make the case to be the fourth this year, along with Allen, Kurt Coleman and Jaiquawn Jarrett. Colt Anderson is in the mix too as a special teamer, but if Page carves out a role, there may not be enough roster spots for them all.

-- Rookie linebacker Brian Rolle said he expects to play with the first team in nickel packages.

-- King Dunlap will start at right tackle, with Reggie Wells available as a backup. There was still no news on Ryan Harris, whose only practice since the Eagles first preseason game was a light session Saturday. Harris has had back spasms. Reid said he was able to go through the Saturday practice but his back flared up again. Harris is seeing a specialist, Reid said.

-- Winston Justice had a good work out yesterday, Reid said, and might return to practice next week.

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